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Slow Hand tribute to Clapton returns

“Slow Hand: The Ultimate Eric Clapton Tribute Show” is set for Friday, Aug. 10 at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.” (Tom Rubino/Courtesy)

“Slow Hand: The Ultimate Eric Clapton Tribute Show” is set for Friday, Aug. 10 at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.” (Tom Rubino/Courtesy)

Tom Rubino is bringing his “Slow Hand: The Eric Clapton Experience” tribute back to Prescott, performing at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center next week.

Rubino said he’s been doing the tribute for about eight years, but has been playing Clapton’s music for most of his life.

“It was a natural progression,” he said, stating his friend turned him on to the musician when he was 15 years old and “I haven’t turned back since.”

There’s just something about Clapton’s style, phrasing and voice that captured him, Rubino said. He’s seen the man a dozen times in concert and everything he does, Rubino said he loves.

Performing at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and are available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.

When it comes to favorite Clapton songs to perform, Rubino said he has two different favorites depending on whether he’s playing acoustic or electric. For the former it’s “Tears in Heaven” and the latter is the Cream song “Badge,” which is an all-time favorite. “Tears in Heaven” touches everybody, is really well written and feels natural when he plays it, said Rubino, who also dedicates it to his mother who, a week before she passed away, told him to keep doing the show. It reinforced how much he enjoys doing it.

“I can’t seem to want to go back to doing anything else,” Rubino said. “The guys in the band are as passionate as I am about the music.”

Rubino said he’s excited to come to Prescott again, noting that he played for a great crowd the last time.

The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is located at 317 E. Gurley St.